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XBox will not get digital video recorder

by on10 June 2016

Redmond flip-flops

Software king of the world Microsoft has flip-flopped on its earlier decision to turn the Xbox One into a digital video recorder sometime this year.

The move had been much rumoured and Microsoft finally confirmed them.  However now it seems that it has changed its mind. A spokesman told the Verge:

"After careful consideration, we've decided to put development of DVR for over-the-air TV on hold to focus our attention on launching new, higher fan-requested gaming experiences across Xbox One and Windows 10," a Microsoft spokesperson told The Verge in a statement. "We're always listening to fan feedback and we look forward to bringing more requested experiences on Xbox One, Windows 10, and Xbox Live this year."

The orginal cunning plan was that the feature would have been limited to over-the-air broadcasts received through the system's optional antenna USB dongle, and it wouldn't have worked with cable and/or satellite broadcasts taken through the built-in HDMI input. Users would have had to store shows on an external USB hard drive rather than the system's internal storage, and they would have been able to stream or download recordings to other mobile devices or Windows PCs.

It seems that Redmond thought that while built-in DVR functions would have helped further differentiate the Xbox One from Sony's PlayStation 4, it was never really an Xbox sort of thing. 


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